C.cada Update April

I love this “Hand in Hand” piece by Sandy Freeman. I am not sure if that is what it is called. But it fits don’t you think? Here’s another piece that was finished for this month’s C.cada community meeting. It’s by Lisa Johnson. What would you entitle it?

I am so excited that each month new work is being brought forth. We are now discussing what is the best way to show our work. Who knows maybe we’ll start the C.cada museum and center for Christ Centered arts!

Here is the piece our C.cada choir worked on this month. They sounded awesome! I however massacred the accompaniment. ūüė¶ Looks like it’s time to get back to practicing!

Notes From the Netherlands

While I am busy with C.cada here in the States my sister is helping Missionary Judy Mensch launch a Christian theater program in the Netherlands. Over Easter weekend their troupe performed its first show at Ichtus Church in Zaandam! Here are some pictures from the performance.

If you are interested in learning more about C.cada or the artists community my sister is helping to create in The Netherlands you can follow us on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/groups/126085074145311/

or follow Brenda at http://www.gonetherlandsag.com/

C.cada Update Pt. 3

Praise God! This artist’s community is such a blessing to me! Watching God move in the lives of this group is so exciting! Our people are stepping forward into His ministry with their ability, daring big things for their King!

I would like you to meet one of Cornerstone’s and C.cada’a newest worship teams, One Desire.

Follow One Desire at:

http://www.facebook.com/1OneDesire

C.cada Update Pt. 2

You may remember that some of our graphic artists are working on card projects. Sandy Freeman has been working on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day portraits. Here are her works in progress.

Mother’s Day Phase 1Mother’s Day Phase 2

Mother’s Day Phase 3- A softer baby baby face. Here’s the close up.

Father’s Day

As we work together as artists we are truly discovering that God has mighty use for the gifts he planted inside. We are learning to overcome the lie, the Enemy has spoken, that these gifts don’t matter. He may say they change nothing but we are determined to change the world!

C.cada Update

Holy Week is upon us! C.cada, our church’s artist community, is getting ready to minister ¬†for Good Friday and Easter services. Our choir is doing a choral medley of the two songs listed below. Clayton Phelps, one of our guitarists, has written a Gethsemane piece for Friday night. I can’t wait to sing it with him! ūüôā

After I play piano for Good Friday and Easter services I am making dinner for Mom and the girls. What are your Easter plans?

C.cada Artists Gathering March

C.cada’s artists are busy about the work of the kingdom! Yesterday one of our new choreographers met with nine¬†children from our kids church¬†to rehearse a sacred dance. Later in the afternoon the space was used by a twenty voice choir to practice for an upcoming work in the nursing home. Space booking is getting a little tricky. I miss my sister who¬†is a whiz at space control and time scheduling!

This month I wanted you to see some of the work we are doing in graphic design.

Here is a piece by one of our portrait artists, Lisa Johnson. It is a portrait of her grandmother who at the moment is preparing to walk into the arms of Jesus.

Lis a keeps telling me how she is desperately trying to break into other art forms. Yet she keeps getting drawn back to the faces of people.

 

 

 

 

 

I have just started working on a photo project called “Broken Branches”

 

Sandy Freeman another of our portrait artists has been working on our invitational card project. Below is a concept for a Mother’s Day invite.

What is God calling you to do with your artistry?

The C.C.A.C. Vision (There’s a Hurricane A’Comin!)

     

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Last Saturday we held our second monthly gathering of the Cornerstone Christian Artist’s Community. We had twenty artists in attendance throughout the day. As we awaited the arrival of Hurricane Irene, I had an opportunity to sow out the community vision.

¬†¬†¬†¬† There is a hurricane coming on our nation. It’s a force that is going to reshape our culture: physically, emotionally, socially, and¬†economically. In its wake Christians are called to respond in three steps:¬†We¬†are called to¬†Pray; We are called to Plan; We are called to Perform.

Pray:

¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬† In this cultural hurricane we must come to understand we cannot save the whole world. That is a task beyond us. Praying things like: “God don’t let anything bad happen to anyone anywhere.” Or “Dear Jesus save the whole world.”, while¬†noble¬†are a waste of breath. Our prayers must be “eyes wide open and heart exposed” so to speak. We have to come to it that we are in the end times. Things will be difficult. Bad things will happen. People will be lost. That doesn’t leave us hopeless though. It leaves us with the need to be specific. We aren’t called to save the world. We are called to defend our part of it. So let us pray specifically: “God save my son.”; “God show me how to fund this art project or that music project.”; “God show us how to raise our church missionary budget.”; “God strengthen my pastor and the pastor’s of my town.”; “God show us how to minister effectively so souls will get saved.” In prayer we have to stop losing the trees because of the forest.

Plan:

¬†¬†¬†¬† As we begin to pray specifically God will give us His plans for the things we pray about. Inklings¬†will begin to enter our minds…ideas of what we could do and how. We need to¬†write down these God-given goals and plan how we intend to reach them step by step.

Perform:

     Finally we have to do our part. When once God has given us the vision, we have to begin to carry it out trusting that God will meet us each step of the way.

Cornerstone Christian Artist’s Community,¬† is a vision born out of specific prayer.¬†It has been¬†seen that the hurricane will affect the arts in two ways: As the economy dries up so will public funding of the arts. As the spirit of Antichrist rises the tide of wickedness in the arts will rise with him.

    The church has the answer to these issues. C.C.A.C. is that answer:

1.Our goal will be to influence the arts in our region for Christ, through our artist’s days apart,¬†by providing a place where artists can come and practice their disciplines in a healthy, peaceful environment based in a Kingdom culture.

2. Our goal¬†will be to provide training, through our artist’s days apart, so that artists may grow and excel¬†in their craft.

3. Our goal will be to provide an opportunity for artists to display their gifts in two yearly art shows and in church settings where appropriate.

4. Our goal will be to bring the artists to the attention of church ministries in order to raise up the next generation of church artists should Jesus tarry.

¬†¬†¬†¬† Perhaps we cannot fix everything in the world but with God’s help we can rebuild our corner of it!

What has God told you to do in your corner of the world?

Artist’s Day Apart!

    Last Saturday our artist community was born!

    It was awesome!

   The time has come to breathe God back into the arts, to create a culture of worship to Him through them. 

¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†I believe that Christian artists need time and peace to create. So on Saturday we turned the church into¬†an artist’s playground.

     Almost thirty artists from varying disciplines gathered to dedicate the day to God and His creation.   

¬†¬†¬†¬† Rev. Brenda J. Lillie opened the day with a devotion regarding the artist’s need to draw creativity from the Creator rather than from the well-spring of flesh.

 In the morning our painters and sketch artists embraced the out doors under canopies. 

    Then hid from the afternoon heat while painting our monthly still life

     We opened our doors to wood carvers.

and instrumentalists.

Singers sang in choirs. Actors came to put together performance art. We had songwriters  and poets too!

¬†¬†¬†¬† The goal of our artist’s day apart¬†is three-fold:

1. To provide artists with a space in which they can practice their skills and seek God for inspiration.

2. To provide artists with an opportunity to create with outreach in mind. Our work and witness will be displayed for the community in an October art show entitled “Falling into Jesus”.

3. To raise up the next generation of artists within our community of faith.

¬†¬†¬†¬† To that final end the main stage was given at day’s end to our youth worship team. Our youth worship leader has been charged with writing an original worship set.

I can’t wait to hear the finished product!

Creative Creations

How’s this for a quote?

” The creator who created us, created creations that live to create!” Pastor Ray, Celebration Life Family Church

When I visited Cliff and Andrea’s church in Maine this is the word their Pastor preached over me!

Many years ago God gave me a life mission. It was to “create a culture of worship”. My life is about inspiring others to turn to God and to lay their gifts and talents down before Him in worship.

It’s not about singing songs people! It’s about surrendering all we are to the One who made us in the first place.

So many things get in the way of that, though….Am I right?

This world makes it so easy to put God on the back burner…so easy to take our talents and use them for anything other than the Creator who created us.

In one of our conversations a few months ago God told me His artisans were having trouble finding time to give their gifts to Him amidst the hubbub of life. Time…busyness…distraction: These are all things I struggle with on a constant basis. If I allow it, they keep me from spending myself on the Savior.

I am convinced that there are artists of all different persuasions out there who just need an opportunity to come away from the world for a time to practice their artistry. Intentionality is hard; Sometimes we need God to come along and to help us set aside our lives for His purposes.

¬†¬†¬†¬† Tomorrow our church is opening up its doors to provide artists with time and a space to work in their mediums. We are calling it Cornerstone’s Artist Community Day Apart.

Painters, sketch artists, actors, vocalists, instrumentalists, writers, and wood carvers have all set the day aside to create for Jesus!

I’ll let you know how it goes!

What is the biggest hindrance to your creativity?